end of season six of The X-Files - which has just
finished its run on Sky One - Mulder has gone mad,
Scully has discovered a spaceship, and FBI Assistant
Director Skinner had seemingly teamed up with the
badguys. Just what is going to happen in the next
season? It may be getting a bit
"long-in-the-truth", and bogged down in its
own stew of continuity, but Chris Carter’s gloomy
conspiracy show continues to surprise and shock.
face it, one bad episode of The X-Files is twice as good
as a decent episode of Stargate SG-1, so those people
complaining that the series may have lots its way in
recent seasons should shut their fat mouths. To mark the
traditional summer hiatus until Season Seven gets
underway, use your eyes to read Bubblegun’s 20 Things
You Genuinely Didn’t Know About The X-Files... There
it is below, look:
The X-Files is shown in 60 countries worldwide. The
pilot episode was first broadcast in the USA on 10th
September, 1993, at 8pm on a Friday night. It began with
a message informing viewers that the events depicted
therein were based upon a true story. Strictly speaking,
this was a lie.
After its first season, The X-Files was ranked 102 out
of 118 shows. By the time its second season had
finished, it had moved up to 64th place, and was voted
Best TV Show of 1994 by Entertainment Weekly.
its third season, David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson
received Golden Globe nominations for best actor and
actress respectively. They received nominations again
the following year - and won. The X-Files also won a
Golden Globe for best drama show. Further awards would
The X-Files’ creator Chris Carter was originally a
freelance journalist. In 1985 he went to work for
Disney, writing several made-for-TV movies, and a number
of sit-coms, including The Nanny. Which was awful.
David Duchovny originally studied to be a teacher, but
had a pipe dream to become a screenwriter. While at Yale
University, he studied acting part-time to better
understand the process. His big break came when he
landed a small role in big-haired 1988 movie comedy
Gillian Anderson’s birthday on August 9th is only two
days after David Duchovny’s birthday.
Gillian Anderson was just 24 when she landed the role of
Scully, which required her to play somebody six years
real life, Anderson’s and Duchovney’s beliefs are
reverse: she believes in UFOs, while he is septic (a
the original proposals for the series, Scully had a
regular boyfriend called "Ethan Minette".
several episodes throughout the series, clocks can be
seen reading "11:21". Chris Carter’s
wife’s birthday is on the 21st of November.
The second season episode Red Museum was originally
planned as a cross-network crossover with the CBS show
Picket Fences. Though both shows’ production teams
were keen on the idea, it was ultimately vetoed by
wankered network officials.
Duchovney appeared on a special celebrity edition of the
quiz show Jeopardy. He lost when he failed to answer a
question about Breakfast At Tiffany’s. During the
episode War Of The Cophrages, Scully can be seen reading
the Breakfast At Tiffany’s novel. In the next episode,
Syzyzgy, Grover Cleveland Alexander High School is
another reference to a botched answer from Duchovney.
Duchovney appeared on the Conan O’Brien show, he make
a remark that Vancouver - where the first five seasons
of The X-Files were filmed - received "400 inches
of rain a day". Scully makes a similar remark about
the town in the episode Schizogeny, to which Mulder
replies "That’s a bit of an exaggeration, don’t
you think?". He so funneee.
There is a third season episode entitled Piper Maru.
Gillian Anderson’s daughter is called Piper Maru.
Piper appeared briefly in a later episode peering from a
bus window as it sped past Assistant Director Skinner.
William B. Davis, who plays arch-villain The Cigarette
Smoking Man, is one of Canada’s top water-skiers among
his age bracket. In the episode Talitha Cumi, the CSM
remarks on his own proficiency as a water-skier.
fifth season episode Chinga was written by horrow
maestro Stephen King. It’s set in King’s home town
of Maine - also the setting of many of his novels.
Evidently, King has never been anywhere else.
Anderson and Duchovney appeared in The Simpsons, The
X-Files repayed the compliment with the opening episode
of the sixth season, which featured a sleeping nuclear
power plant worker named "Homer".
Anderson also lent her voice the the computer-generated
kids’ show ReBoot, in which she played "Data
Scully". Her assistant was named "Fax
Chris Carter had a childhood friend called
"Fox". His mother’s maiden name is
name is a tribute to Carter’s baseball hero Vin
and Mulder share a birthday: the 13th of October.
Thirteen is also the name of Chris Carter’s production
Ten Thirteen title card at the end of each episode is
accompanied by the voice of Nathan Couturier saying the
words "I made this", Nathan Couturier is the
son of the show’s supervising sound editor, Thierry
In the Barenaked Ladies song One Week, there is a line
which reads "Watching X-Files with no lights
on/We’re dans la maison/I hope the Smoking Man’s in
Welsh popsters Catatonia also released a single with an
X-Files reference. Entitled Mulder And Scully, the
chorus of the song went: "Theengs are getting
stray-enge/I’m star-ting to worr-eee/This could beee a
ca-ayse for Muld-eeerrr and Scalleeee."
STOP PRESS - EXCLUSIVE
SEASON 7 SCRIPT EXTRACT **
compiling this feature, we were given a copy of the
entire script for the first episode of the new X-Files
season. While we wouldn’t want to give away too much,
we’re happy to present here an "X-clusive
X-tract". As you will see, fans are in for a few
surprises when the show hits the air later this year...
ALIEN SPACECRAFT. DAY
paces the floor of the bare, metal room. A door opens in
a far wall, filling the room with a bright light. SCULLY
is wheeled in on a medical gurney. She is semi-concious.
Scully, are you OK?
things to me, Mulder.
to be specific here? I mean...
use anal probes?
- did they probe your anus?
Nus. Anus. Anal probes.
think so... I don’t remember.
tell me if you do remember, won’t you?
well... y’know. Heh.
have time for this. I need to rest.
closes her eyes for a moment, and appears to drift into
anus feel bruised in any way?
want to talk about my anus right now.
that, but does it feel bruised? Does it feel like it
might have been probed?
it with you? Why do you care if my anus has been probed
reason. Just making conversation...
about something else.
well, it’s just, I know what it feels like to be
I went to
an all-boys boarding school. There was this one kid we
used to call Brownfinger, who would...
would come up behind you in the shower, and say
"Hey - I just dropped my soap between your legs.
Would you be so kind as to bend down and pick it up for
me?". And then he’d...
is silenced. There is no sound in the room for some
time, save for the distant hum of the spacecraft’s
dropped my soap between your legs, Scully.
Would you be so kind as to bend down and pick it
up for me?
better not be some kind of trick, Mulder...